You may find Ben Tate's and Coach Chizik's latest take on the incident interesting:
... Chizik told the crowd that he and his staff accomplished three important objectives in their first year on the Plains -- landing a top-five recruiting class, keeping the staff intact for another season, and building trust within the team. He illustrated this last point with a story about leading rusher Ben Tate, who he said was planning to skip his senior year at Auburn until coaches convinced him to return.
"In the bowl game ... he tried to dunk the ball over the goalpost. That was not something Gene Chizik really cared for," Chizik said of Tate. "Ben called me day after signing day and left a message on my phone. He said, 'Coach, I want to tell you congratulations on a great signing class.' And he said, 'Oh yeah, by the way coach, I want to apologize for dunking that ball over the goalpost. I was wrong.'
"That was the benchmark. When I heard that, I said, 'Our guys are all in.' And they are."
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